Final 2018 Mukilteo Community Orchestra showing

May 16, 2018

If you love the music that accompanies some of your favorite movies and plays, you won’t want to miss the Mukilteo Community Orchestra’s next concert.

At the final concert of this season on Sunday, May 20, the orchestra presents, “Stage and Screen.”

It includes arrangements of well-known classics as well as introducing several pieces that have been part of various movies and TV shows.

The free concert is at 2 p.m. at the Rosehill Community Center in Mukilteo.

It will be preceded by a stage-side informal discussion and Q&A session with conductor and artistic director Trevor Lutzenhiser at 1:20 p.m.

In the first half of the concert, the audience will listen to “Porgy and Bess Medley,” with words and music by George and Ira Gershwin. The arrangement includes “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” “Summertime,” “I Got Plenty ‘O Nuttin,” “Bess,” “You Is My Woman Now,” and “There’s a Boat That’s Leavin’ Soon for New York.”

Another familiar piece will be selections from “West Side Story.” The music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim includes “I Feel Pretty,” “Maria, “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “One Hand,” “One Heart,” “Cool,” and “America.”

The program also includes an excerpt from an orchestration of Mussorgsky’s “Promenadefrom “Pictures at an Exhibitionand an arrangement of Serge Prokofiev’s “The Wedding of Lt. Kije” from “Lieutenant Kije Suite.”

“Lieutenant Kije” was written by Prokofiev to accompany a film of the same name. It was his first composition for film music and one of the earliest sound films made in the Soviet Union, released in 1934.

“Ride of the Valkyries” from “Die Walküre” by Richard Wagner will close out the first half of the concert. The piece is the prelude to Act II of “Die Walküre,” the second of four operas composed by Richard Wagner in 1870. It has become a very well-know piece of music that has been used in movies and TV since the beginning of cinema until the present.

Perhaps the most familiar use of the piece is in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 film “Apocalypse Now.” It accompanies a scene in the movie during a helicopter attack on a Vietnamese village during the war.

The second half of the concert features two pieces that the audience will no-doubt recognize from Disney’s original 1940, “Fantasia” and the later “Fantasia 2000.”

The first is an orchestration by Rimsky-Korsekov of Modest Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain.”

It was written to tell the story of a witches' sabbath on a barren mountaintop in the Ukraine. In the movie, a devil awakens and summons evil spirits and restless souls from their graves to Bald Mountain to the accompaniment of the piece.

The concert will conclude with “Berceuse and Finale” from the “Firebird Suite.”

“We are absolutely delighted to be able to perform each of these works”, said Trevor Lutzenhiser, conductor and artistic director.  “I and many of our performers and audience members remember when we first heard these pieces in film or on stage. From the simple to the transcendent, the character of each is reflected in their cinematic uses, and I expect many of us will enjoy recalling how they accompanied some of our favorite stage and screen moments.”

More information about the concert can be found at www.mukilteoorchestra.org.

 

 

 

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